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, prepare for merger. a deal takes off between u.s. airways and american. what it means for consumers. troubled waters: insights on cruise stocks following carnival's rocky week. plus, does apple have a trick up its sleeve? traders give us their takes on wristwatch rumors. first business starts now. you're watching first business: financial news, analysis, and today's investment ideas. good morning. it's friday, february 15th. i'm angela miles. in today's first look: stocks stay stuck. stocks and comodities barely budged yesterday. a cross-current of postive news on jobs and m&a deals in the u.s. offset negative economic data out of europe, which held the market in check. shares of herblife soared 15% after hours on word carl ichan bought 14 million shares of the nutrition company. and tiffany is suing costco. tiffany claims the club chain is selling engagement rings bearing the tiffany name. traders will enjoy a long holiday weekend. with presidents' day coming up on monday, the markets will be closed. mark sebastian of option pit mentoring joins us on this friday for a closer look a
display ads on yahoo sites. the wall street journal reports american airlines and u.s. airways may announce a merger in a week or so. shares of u.s. airways flew higher. and let it snow! ski resort owners in the northeast are thrilled a foot of snow could drop by friday, making for a powder-packed weekend. mark sebastian of option pit mentoring joins us now for a closer look at the market. good morning to you. do you suspect with the strength that we have had in this market, that some people are going to want to take profits here mark? > > you know, maybe, but i wouldn't. i think we are due for a breather here at this 14,000 level in the dow. but there are going to be a lot of investors that see this train that has already left the station and want to get onboard. i think we are going to see an all-time high in the dow in the next 30 to 60 days. > wow. let's do some bonding: what do you think about the bond market? is this the time to buy there? > > for a short-term trader, yes. i think we have hit a near- term low. but over the long haul, rates are still really low historically.
and truck sales in the u.s. could be better than last year's numbers, and those were the highest in five years. last year, we spent a lot of time talking about evs - electric vehicles, hybrids and plug-ins. analysts say the buzz is a little less because those cars have become a part of the line-up. but fear of being stranded somewhere with no place to plug in is still a concern for consumers. the ntsb is out with its findings about boeing's battery trouble aboard its dreamliner. safety investigators are linking the fire to a short-circuit in a lithium ion battery. the battery caught fire aboard a boeing 787 parked in boston. it's still not clear what sparked the flame, and figuring out could take weeks. investigators are checking into the charge going into the battery as well as the design of the battery. internal emails may expose more about jp morgan's bad home loans. dexia, a belgian-french bank and an investor in jp morgan securities, filed the lawsuit accusing the bank of hiding or adjusting reviews of bad mortgage deals. internal correspondence showed that jp morgan bundled the mor
american airlines and u.s. airways. the boards of both of those carriers may also vote on merger today. the marriage of the two airlines means less competition between major carriers, following mergers between u.s. airways and america west, delta and northwest, contiinental and united, and southwest and airtran. "well, it's the business travelers who are the most nervous here. on the liesure end there's some much diversion to discount airlines. but you take places like philly, new york out east, there's a lot of concentration there and there could a few effects." that was depaul economics professor joe schwieterman. he does not foresee regulatory obstacles for amr and u.s. airways to merge. boeing is giving its customers a heads-up that dreamliner arrivals will likely be delayed. manufacturing on the troubled aircrafts will continue, but boeing has said deliveries that were expected in the near future are either delayed or at risk of being delayed. some carriers such as norwegian air are giving customers the option of changing flights to later dates. the dreamliner has been grounded si
groups says gene splicing will hurt the industry. more u.s. workers are saying "i quit." about 53% of workers who left their jobs in december of 2012 did so voluntarily, and not due to layoffs or firing. that's up from about 37% in 2009, according to the u.s. department of labor. analysts say it signals faith in the economy. still to come, the hunt for the hot idea. why venture capitalists are ramping up the search for the next big thing. that's later. but first, why farmers are bracing for higher expenses in 2013. that's next with bill moller. some quiet but very important changes are taking place down on the farm these days. they're prompted by the sky-high land prices that we have seen for the past few years, but also by new technologies and greater efficiencies. these changes are outlined in a report from the federal reserve bank of chicago. david oppedahl is the business economist who compiled the data. why don't you first talk, david, in general terms about these changes and trends? > > agriculture is seeing a lot of activity in the last few years as some of the commodity pr
in the u.s., quotes were double those from china, where 99% of u.s.-sold bicycles are made. > >after spending a considerable amount of time doing market research on the current coaster, kerr has some advice for other entrepreneurs as they venture into making their products thrive. "i think you gotta keep the dream. you gotta really remember what your vision is and be willing to adjust your vision as you learn more about your market, because it may not be what you thought in the first place." reporting for first business news, i'm ky sisson. for more information on the current coaster, check out: www.ridecurrent.com. coming up next, movies and money. why one film studio should be afraid at the box office, very afraid. the box office will be filled with fantasies for the next couple of weeks. erik childress, our movie guy, is here to explain that. good to have you back. > > thank you. > first off, "jack the giant slayer." this is a huge fantasy film. what do you expect? > > i expect warner brothers is going to be sweating a little this weekend. > why so? > > one, they are not having a
." a vote on lew's confirmation is expected toward the end of the month. the u.s. postmaster general is now pleading with congress to take steps that will stablize the struggling postal service. "we need your help to pass legislation that allows for more revenue generation and efficient, effective cost control and fundamental changes to our business model." u.s. postmaster general patrick donahoe made that argument at a hearing wednesday on capitol hill. donahoe wants congress to lift the law requiring the postal service to "pre-fund" 75 years of benefits for retirees. the agency racked up $1.1 billion in the past year, partly because of employee benefits. donohoe wants to use a new business model that could save up to $7 billion by 2016. but senator jon tester of montana is not too happy about the postal push to end saturday delivery to cut costs. "...because it has an impact on rural montana. you may not feel it in pittsburgh, in miama, or chicago , or houston or la or any of the big cities, but we don't get mail for 5 or 6 days!" it's possile if congress doesn't act soon, the postal ser
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